DOE Debuts Energy-Efficiency Standards

COWLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: The production line of the MINI factory where the new MINI Hatch, which is officially unveiled today and is based on an entirely new platform, will be built on November 18, 2013 in Cowley, England. The car, which is due to go on sale in spring 2014 and will be built in Oxford, is 10cm longer than the current MINI and 77cm longer than the original MINI.  (National Journal)

While Environmental Protection Agency regulations for new and existing power plants have been under intense scrutiny as a major part of the president's second-term climate agenda, the Energy Department has quietly been putting together its own set of regulations aimed at curbing carbon emissions.

According to The Hill, the department released on Monday a proposal to increase energy-efficiency in electric motors, a directive DOE officials say could yield up to 400 million metric tons in carbon dioxide emissions savings over a 30-year period.

The department is citing authority under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 to propose the rule. In a notice of the rulemaking, DOE also states that the proposed standards will apply to a number of categories of electric motors that it did not previously regulate.

A public meeting will be held to solicit comment on the draft regulations on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the department in Washington.